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Hello I was wondering if anyone else is having the same problem with Ants? Already they have started coming in to our house. We had thousands last summer. Our neighbour last year had sprinkled powder around the house and pipes etc. We try to do everything as environmentally friendly as possible. We have created a small wildlife garden. All the surrounding gardens to us have tidy graveled, paved, decked gardens. We used to have hedgehogs using the hog box, producing babies, feeding in our garden almost every year. Sadly we have not had one for the last two year. Fortunately and proudly we have great variety of regular birds and at least 30 sparrows. Also small mice which we try to keep quiet about, SHH, they are very entertaining and clever. We have three - 5 year old gold fish in our small pound a resident frog in our garden. My concern is that some people may say I am causing the Ant problem. Any good suggestions will be most welcome to solve this Ant problem before the weather gets warmer, but obviously as environmentally and kindly as possible. Before I get in to trouble!!! Many thanks.
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  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    I dont think they are coming in the house-it would seem they are living in the house-not sure of the life -cycle of an ant but if they are warm and dry in a spot indoors they may continue breeding in the winter,

    Usual precautions about sugar,sweet substances etc-my Mother would always use Nippon ant killer they take the poison back to the nest-try that it is available everywhere

    http://www.vitax.co.uk/index.php/area/pest-control/ants-crawling-insects/nippon-ant-killer-liquid/

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,412

    Make sure you're not causing the ant problem Lyndylu. I've had 3 attacks of house ants. The first one was when a large houseplant (can't remember what after all the years) dripped sticky stuff on the floor. The second was in the kitchen, I'm always spilling something. The third is recurrent in the sitting room where my 92 year old mother drops food on the carpet all the time. 



    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Thanks very much to both of you. It didn't cross my mind they could be living in the house, it makes sense now. I will be thoroughly cleaning my cupboards out tomorrow and purchase ant killer liquid ASAP. Many many thanks for the quick replies too.
  • Have you any plants in pots which you put outside during the summer and bring in for the winter?  Ants often take up residence in the pots, particularly in wet summers like the last one - ants prefer dry soil and will seek out pots etc which are above the water table.  

    If you have any such plants on your windowsills I suggest you stand them in a washing up bowl full of water for a few hours and let them have a really good soak until the surface of the soil is wet - I bet the ants come out!  You'll have to squidge them then image 


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • Thank you Dovefromabove. Yes I was also given flowering house plant for Christmas. Plants on the windowsill are in for a soaking!! Thanks very much.
  • If the water table is high in your garden, they may be moving into your wall cavities!  Use Nippon. 


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • Yes we have had a lot of flooding and the garden is waterlogged. I have already placed an order for Nippon. Thank you.
  • ants will come in,if they think they have a nice warm damp and food supply as did my homing slugs(they were found to be coming up through the floor boards were we found the leak).Wash your floor with a bleach or strong detergent as ants follow the scent trail back to their nest,this wipes out the scent,you'll need to do it a good few times and put down bait at nest point,the old way was to put a small amount of jam in a jar and then trap and dispose but now a days you put poison down which they take back to their nest.it is a bind but nature is there to feed one thing against another.

  • Cupboards and floors have been scrubbed with bleach. I will have the cleanest floor in the street. Thank you.
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